Abodes of lord Shiva

239. Arulmigu Kamakshi sameda Ekambareswarar Temple - Thirukkachi Ekambaram (Kanchipuram)

Moolavar   Ekambareswarar, Ekambara Nathar
Thayar   Kamakshi, Elavaar Kuzhali
Theertham   Sivaganga
Pose & Direction  
Sthala Vruksham   Mango Tree
Paadiyavar   Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar, Sundarar
Travel Base   Kanchipuram
Nearest Railway Station   Kanchipuram



Kancheepuram is well connected by train and road from Chennai, the Capital City of Tamilnadu and also from other parts of the state. It is situated at a distance of 80 Kms from Chennai by road. Kancheepuram railway station is on the Chengalpattu-Arakkonam section of the Southern Railway.



The presiding deity here is Ekambareswarar or Shiva, worshipped as the Prithivi Lingam. A Somaskanda panel featuring Shiva, Parvati and Skanda adorns the rear of the main shrine, which has been held in worship for centuries together. It is believed that Parvati, the consort of Shiva worshipped him in the form of a Prithivi Lingam, or a Lingam improvised out of sand, under a mango tree. Legend has it that the neighboring Vegavati river overflowed and threatened to engulf the Shiva Lingam and that Parvati or Kamakshi, embraced the Lingam, and Shiva, touched by the gesture materialized in person and married her. In this context he is referred to as 'Tazhuvakkuzhainthaar' in Tamil. There is no separate shrine for Ambal or the Goddess in the temple as she is worshipped along with Shiva, as in every other Shiva temple in the precincts of the town of Kanchipuram. There is another shrine of Shiva and Kamakshi under the Stala Vruksham or the Temple tree, which is a mango tree said to be 3500 years old. The mango tree is said to be the embodiment of the four Vedas and the tree is said to bear fruits of four different tastes each season here.



Arulmigu Kamakshi sameda Ekambareswarar Temple
Kanchipuram, Kanchipuram - 631501
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 12.30 pm, 4.00 pm to 8.30 pm